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Warren: I agree with Trump on taxes

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said Tuesday that she agrees with GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump when it comes to raising taxes on wealthy Americans.

{mosads}”There are a lot of places where he gets out and talks about important things,” Warren said of the celebrity real estate tycoon on ABC’s “The View.”

“Donald Trump and I both agree that there ought to be more taxation of the billionaires, the people who are making their money on Wall Street,” she said.

“That’s a pretty liberal position. He must be driving the right-wingers out of their mind,” co-host Joy Behar interjected.

“Don’t call us liberal. It is a pretty right position,” Warren retorted to applause, adding she believes it is a position held by a majority of Americans.

Billionaire Trump drew fire from members of his own party last month for suggesting that taxes be raised on wealthy Americans, like himself.

The comments from Warren, a liberal icon, are likely to provide added fuel for those suggesting Trump is not a conservative.

Liberal economist Paul Krugman, for example, wrote in his New York Times column over the Labor Day weekend that he similarly agreed with Trump on raising taxes on the wealthy.

“The economy has nonetheless done far better than should have been possible if conservative orthodoxy had any truth to it,” Krugman wrote. “And now Mr. Trump is being accused of heresy for not accepting that failed orthodoxy?”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), a fellow Republican presidential rival, said Tuesday, “I think if someone wants to raise taxes, they should run for the Democratic nomination.”

Warren clarified on Tuesday that she is not supporting Trump’s presidential bid, pointing to his positions on dealing with illegal immigration.

“For me, that just scratches his name off the list,” she said.

“You gotta remember who he’s being measured against on the Republican side, no offense,” she added.

Warren, who opted not to launch her own Democratic presidential campaign in 2016, dodged when asked whether she would consider being the running mate for Vice President Joe Biden, who is mulling his own bid to challenge longtime front-runner Hillary Clinton.

“This isn’t about me,” she said. “I’m going to be out there talking about what I believe in, no matter what.”

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